The Long Goodbye - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Long Goodbye Reviews

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December 8, 2016
Robert Altman made a bold statement in his casting of Elliott Gould as a Jewish version of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe character in this modestly budgeted film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 18, 2016
Raymond Chandler's sentimental foolishness is the taking-off place for Robert Altman's heady, whirling sideshow of a movie, set in the early-seventies L.A. of the stoned sensibility.
January 4, 2015
... one of those movies that always flits through my mind when someone asks me to name my favorite movies of all time. I usually don't mention it, but it's always there, on the periphery. It's at least one of my two or three favorite Altmans.
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
December 15, 2014
The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 9, 2014
A playful de-romanticizing of the detective genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2013
Robert Altman orchestrates a jangly genre autopsy, mischievous and brutal
October 14, 2011
A reminder that meaning, if it is to be found at all, is not always revealed through a linear assessment of hints and clues, but simply stumbled upon.
February 4, 2010
The look, the unconventional cast and the unconventional story make this a unique film, one of Altman's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 11, 2009
Robert Altman's labyrinthine take on the Raymond Chandler classic is noir unburdened by a straight narrative - it's a triumph of atmosphere and attitude, a swiftly unfolding whodunit punctuated by subversive absurdities and shattering acts of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 11, 2007
Everywhere you look, there's something delightfully weird going on ... Altman and company fashion a state of slouching, freeform Zen that no one else has ever really duplicated.
June 15, 2007
When he was very near the top of his early peak, [Robert] Altman did the darnedest thing and made a private-eye movie -- or maybe a parody of a private-eye movie; it's hard to say. And he may never have topped it.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 18, 2007
Simultaneously an act of revisionism as well as a parody of then-revitalizing neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2005
The reluctant and satirical mystery is one of the great Los Angeles movies and makes a great compliment to, say, The Big Lebowski.
| Original Score: 5/5
June 30, 2005
Droll, cunning and magnificently woozy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 9, 2005
More a film about friendship and betrayal than murder.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 15, 2004
[A] great classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 23, 2004
It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2004
Fairly good hard boiled detective story
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2003
It ends up with mixed results -- Marlowe is drawn as a goofy daydreamer (Altman calls him Rip Van Marlowe) and his story only gets interesting when Sterling Hayden, channeling Hemingway, goes bananas.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2003
One of the greatest detective films of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
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